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Monkey Bread - Do you have a favourite recipe?

So, I was watching Michael Smith's show, Chef at Home, and liked the looks of the "Monkey Bread". Had never heard of this before, but it's got all the ingredients of cinnamon buns and looked yummy!!!

Decided to try the recipe, and for sure there's something wrong with it as printed on the foodtv.ca website.


There was no way that dough was coming off the sides of the mixer bowl, and I've done a bunch of fixes with more flour, yeast, etc. to finally get to a bread-like dough. It's rising now, and we'll see what my patch-up job yields...

In the meantime, I've checked the Internet for other recipes; so many of them use those Pillsbury rolls, and I don't want to... Found a recipe on Martha Stewart that looks promising:


But, just maybe some Chowhounder out there has a fabulous recipe to share... Please, please, please!!!

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    1. re: goodhealthgourmet

      Thanks for the links! I am trying to stay away from recipes that call for pre-made rolls or butterscotch pudding mixes. Maybe it's the purist in me...hahaha.

      1. re: Full tummy

        i have to confess, i didn't read all the details in the links...just scanned them & posted because i saw recipes [sheepish grin]. sorry!

    2. This one, for Nancy Reagan's recipe, was in the New York Times several years ago. I confess that I have never made it, but keep meaning to.


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      1. re: masha

        Looks great! Thanks!!! Main difference is that it doesn't call for cinnamon, but surely I could modify if I need mine cinnamon-y. I'll give it a try!

        1. re: masha

          Nancy Reagan's Monkey Bread was the first recipe of this kind that I ever tried and while I've tried other recipes, hers is the best. It's soft and buttery and pulling them apart is the well ... the best part! (Aside from eating it of course!)

        2. The one I make is an herb one from King Arthur::

          But here a few others from there too:


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          1. re: hummingbird

            Yummy!!! The Cinna-bites recipe looks like what I'm after. Will give it a try, too! Woohoo! Hubbie and I will be swinging from branches yet...

            1. re: hummingbird

              Hey, I've never seen a savory monkey bread recipe! I might try that.


              1. re: The Dairy Queen

                I'm intrigued by the herb one too. Wonder how it would be with grated parmesan added to the mix.

                1. re: karykat

                  Great idea. How can you go wrong with parm cheese?


                2. re: The Dairy Queen

                  herb monkey bread? i'm intrigued!!! I love monkey bread with a passion, but i'm definitely more a savory person, so it sounds like the best thing ever.

              2. Leslie Mackie has a recipe in her Macrina cookbook. I have not tried the recipe but her monkey bread is delicious and everything else I have tried in the cookbook has turned out wonderfully - I highly recommend it.
                If you are not familiar, Macrina is a great Seattle bakery known for their breads, muffins and scones. Definitely worth a visit!

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                1. re: winemd

                  i have 3 daughters and we LOVE to cook together. a few weeks ago we made the recipe that came out a few months ago from cook's illustrated. we had such a ball making it and it was super yummy. i am certain that if i had made it alone we would have had more correct results with the finished product, but the time together in the kitchen was priceless!
                  beware though, this recipe rises at least twice so it isn't a quick bake.
                  good luck!

                  1. re: raygunclan

                    Thanks, rayguncian. I'll check if the recipe is available on their website.

                  2. re: winemd

                    Thanks! I'll try to see if I can find the recipe online.

                  3. Try Paula Deen's recipe for Gorilla Bread. You can still make your own dough, but you've GOT to try it her way! I'm not allowed to attend Christmas morning without it!


                    1. Sorry, purists, but here's the version that's been used in our family for years. It's savory, makes a great bread for brunch or dinner. Quick, easy, and loved by everyone:

                      2 cans biscuit dough, biscuits separated and cut in quarters (don't hate me for this shortcut)
                      1 envelope Good Seasons Italian dressing, dry (again, please don't be a hater)
                      1/2 stick butter (or more), diced large
                      1 cup (or more) shredded cheddar cheese

                      Use either a bundt pan, or a baking sheet. Don't make more than 2 layers, to ensure even baking. Spray bundt pan with non-stick spray, or line baking pan with parchment.
                      Layer half of biscuit quarters, sprinkle with half of dry dressing, half of diced butter, half of cheese. Repeat layers. Convection bake @ 350ยบ until golden, about 15 min. Transfer to serving platter, pull apart and enjoy!

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                      1. re: cheleg

                        omg! paula deen's gorilla bread is the best! super easy, too!

                        1. re: cheleg

                          Now I'm inspired. I use a shortcut for my sweet monkey bread (I use bridgeford frozen bread, cut up into small pieces). Now I'm envisioning using the same basic method (which is to dip in butter, then cinnamon sugar) but with olive oil and italian seasonings. Gotta give this a try.

                        2. There's a place here that makes it with a baked cream cheese topping, like a little bit of cheese danish on top. I would imagine they use a cheesecake batter and just dollop a bit on top of each roll. It's a great addition.

                          1. I had monkey bread for the first time recently at a local bakery. I'd never heard of it before, and when I asked what it was they told me they used leftover croissant dough, mixed with cinnamon & sugar and dipped in Belgian chocolate. Needless to say it was pretty spectacularly good, but looking at these recipes it seems like an untraditional version. Has anybody heard of croissant-dough monkey bread before?

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                            1. re: Emmmily

                              Wow, that does sound yummy. Croissants are not generally considered easy for the home baker; certainly, I've never made them, so can't imagine going to the trouble of figuring that out for the recipe. But if you have a source for it, lucky you!!!!

                              1. re: Emmmily

                                We substitute croissant dough for biscuits as well and really enjoy the change. The dough is much flakier but the dough absorbs the brown sugar syrup much better as well.

                                The last time we made monkey bread we sub'd homemade strawberry jam for the brown sugar/butter syrup and added crushed pistachio nuts with a tiny bit of lemon zest. Really yummy.

                                1. re: HillJ

                                  Do you make the dough yourself or purchase it?

                                  1. re: Full tummy

                                    Both, depending on my own timeframe. I can purchase proofed croissant dough from my fav bakery or use the recipe out of my bread book. From scratch, by my hand or a bakers works for me.